Letters, the Week of Feb. 9, 2017

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Another Gem by Tehranis

We’d like to commend you on the article about a new business in Bala Cynwyd started by a young member of the Jewish community, Ronit Tehrani (“Homework Bar Subtracts Tutoring Stigma, Adds Engaging Environment,” Feb. 2).

We have known this family for many years through our Chabad House, summer camp and local neighborhood. It was unfortunate that the Tehrani Brothers carpet business closed in Wayne years ago, but good to know that the family entrepreneurship tendencies are showing their colors once again.

Hopefully, the current political climate won’t affect the aspirations of this young woman. We intend to visit the establishment with our children and encourage the community to support it as well.

The Beaubien Family | Bryn Mawr

Short, but Sweet

Re: “Busting the Myth of Bar Mitzvah Bling” (Jan. 26), do you know who else can become a child of the commandment? Girls!

Dara Lovitz | Bala Cynwyd

Memories of South Georgia’s Jews

It was interesting reading the article about the film There Are Jews Here (Jan. 26), since the little South Georgia country town that I grew up in during the ’40s and ’50s has no more Jews.

My grandparents, their three children and nine grandchildren, along with two other small Jewish families, lived in Ocilla, Ga., nine miles from the Fitzgerald synagogue which my grandfather helped establish in the early ’40s. The three college-educated children returned to Ocilla, but the nine college-educated grandchildren left, and all married Jewish mates. The family dry goods store closed in 2000 after 93 years. (Throughout those years, the store was closed on the High Holidays.) The other two Ocilla Jewish families left years earlier.

As a teen, I rode 200 miles on the bus to Atlanta for BBG meetings to meet other Jewish young people and stayed with an aunt and uncle. I was also lucky to attend a Jewish camp in North

Carolina and belong to a Jewish sorority in college.

The Fitzgerald Hebrew Congregation drew Jewish families from all over South Georgia, and we had community seders, as well as meals for everyone during the holidays. Our rabbi came from Pittsburgh and was there 25 years. The few families left in small South Georgia towns that come to Fitzgerald have since had a student rabbi from New York visit monthly and for the holidays. But there are no Jews left in my hometown.

Devara Felson Goodman | Garnet Valley

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